Most helpful critical review
on March 12, 2011
I'll probably be one of the few people here who panned this book completely. I was looking to Adobe to provide an in-depth, detailed exposition on the internal workings of the preint-related aspects of their Creative Suite, specifically a detailed discussion around colour management across the suite of applications. Instead, I got a high-level overview of the printing industry: stuff that anyone who's worked in the field for any significant amount of time would already know. If I wanted a book on the print industry, on types of presses, on paper stocks and dot gain, I would look to any number of great titles that have been out for years.
If I'm buying a book published by Adobe Press, it's for one reason: I want specific insights into Adobe software. This book was a complete waste of time.
All that having been said, if you're a new graduate or someone who's come up through the digital ranks and doesn't have a clue about the production side of things, then this is a decent overview, and you'll no doubt have a completely different experience of the title than I did. If on the other hand, you're looking for a deep dive into how Adobe has tackled the intricacies of prepress, colour management, profiles, calibration and workflow, you won't find it here.